Judge denies request to block spending for research board

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 | 6:05 p.m. CDT; updated 6:38 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — A judge has denied a request from critics of stem cell research to block spending from a state life-sciences research fund.

Former governor’s chief of staff Ed Martin filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of Missouri Roundtable for Life. The suit asks a judge to intervene before the state provides $21 million to the Life Sciences Research Board.

Cole County Judge Jon Beetem on Wednesday denied Martin’s request for a temporary restraining order blocking the transfer. The lawsuit continues with another hearing on Aug. 1.

Martin contends a 2006 constitutional amendment endorsing stem cell research makes it unclear whether limits on money from the life-sciences fund still apply.

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